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Feb 24, 2011 4:30am EST
. americans are evacuating. they are threatening sanctions. >> good morning. officials of the obama administration say they are concerned about the safety of hundreds of americans still in libya. some remain stuck, and able to leave. yesterday the president spoke out against violence in libya. the u.s. is considering a full range of options to respond to muammar gadaffi's violent crackdown. protesters say they want progress and change. >> they suffering and bloodshed is outrageous. it is unacceptable. so far threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters and further punish the people of libya. blacks the protests are bowling the due process is our -- >> the protesters are vowing to take hold of everything. hunters are feared dead, ordered murdered by the media -- hundreds are feared dead, ordered murdered by the leader. obama says some of the options we are considering is an no-fly zones and proposals for will companies to halt operations. abc 7 news. >> the turmoil in libya is affecting our economy. oil topped $100 a barrel. gas prices could reach three signify a gallon by the spr
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Feb 14, 2011 5:00am EST
. >> the budget battle, president obama's spending plan as big cuts, but critics want more. >> later, major upsets on music pose the biggest night. good morning washington at 5:00 a.m. begins now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> good morning, washington. i am scott thuman. >> i am alison starling. happy valentine's day. thanks for joining us. we will have much more of the breaking news that we are following this morning. let's give started with traffic and weather every ten minutes. >> lisa baden in a moment. we're starting with meteorologist adam caskey. i love the numbers today. be very windy to today. still breezy tomorrow. pretty breezy through the extended forecast. the wind is going to affect temperatures. a san downs this week. but more u thanp down. 46 in alexandria. 46 in mitchellville. 44 in rockville and 46 installing. the wind will accelerate through the morning. wind advisory through the dead until 10:00 p.m. some gusts as high as 50 and maybe 55 miles an hour with temperatures approaching 50 degrees today. a little busier --breezy. >>> a nice sp
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Feb 14, 2011 6:00am EST
burglary goes bad. we will have a live report. >> the budget battle, president obama's spending plan as big cuts, but critics want more. >> ♪ >> major upsets on music's biggest night. good morning washington continues right now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> good morning, washington. it is 6:00 on this monday, february 14, valentine's day. i am scott thuman. >> i am alison starling. good morning. i hope you had a good weekend. happy valentine's day. traffic and weather every ten minutes. adam caskey has been the forecast, but it will be like spring by the end of the weekend. >> it's going to be a warm week. there will be a few ups and downs. there's a wind advisory in effect today because there could be gusts up to 55 miles an hour. wind out of the south right now. now 47 at4 and it's reagan national downtown. 46 in gaithersburg, 49 in martinsburg. 46 in culpeper. 50 degrees in fredericksburg. well into the 50's for high temperatures today. los 60's down south of the metro area. wind advisory until 10:00 p.m. in the 20's tonight. wind chills in the
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Feb 24, 2011 4:00am EST
. >>> same-sex stunner. president obama changes his stance on a law blocking gay marriage. >>> investors have something to celebrate, as well. >>> good morning, everybody. thanks for being with us today. there are new signs this morning that libyan leader, moammar gadhafi, is now losing his 40-year hold on power. the opposition has now taken control in the east. and is vowing to liberate the capital, tripoli. >> meanwhile, president obama has new stands to stop killing his own people. hundreds are dead. and there's protesters still in libya. emily schmidt has the details. >> reporter: good morning to you. americans who are trying to escape libya may not be able to do so. today, the sea waters are simply too rough for their ferries. so, they wait, while the world waits, to see what another day of protests brings. protesters in libya are gaining control. but at huge costs. hundreds killed, while moammar gadhafi forces fire on his own people. >> the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous. and it is unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters and further punish the people
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Feb 17, 2011 4:30am EST
. >>> 4:35 on this thursday morning. president obama is thinking high-tech. abercrombie and fitch is increasing prices. >> now to linda bell in new york. >> if you shop at abercrombie, the latest retailer raising prices. the soaring cost of cotton is adding pressure to their bottom line. the company says prices will go up sometime this year, but declined to say by how much. high grocery bills will remain high. they will stay that way awhile. an agriculture analyst tells us at blumberg that the prices of everything are rising and may last longer than rallies on the past. there's strong demand from china as one reason. economists expect there to be arise in the cost of living due to the higher food costs in part. president obama is rubbing elbows with some of the biggest ceo's today in technology. they will discuss job creation as well as the economy with them in a private session. that is business news live at blumberg headquarters in new york. linda bell reporting for abc 7 news. -- bloomberg. >>> 4:36. >> another journalist caught in the mayhem. this time it was caught on tape, i
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Feb 13, 2011 9:00am EST
the commitment we made it to the american people. >> president obama trieso patch it up with big business. >> if you are trying to invest and expand, you don't know what is coming at you. >> two more senators decide to pack it in, webb and kyl. the owner of the redskins say he has been it defamed and slander. he is suing. that is at it is all about. captioned by the national captitioning institute --www.ncap.org-- >> mubarak steps down and hands over power to the egyptian military. what happens next? we don't know for sure, nobody knows for sure. we have the scene in tahrir square after the announcement wawas made. people were absolutely overjoyed at this news. mubarak was still in power as of early friday morning. he had moved from cairo to shamr el-sheikh but he finally got the message and stepped down. apparently what he did was extra constitutional. he handed it over to the mililitary. i don't know what this means. what is next to the egyptian people? who can say, charles? >> well, look, the army was always the key element in all of this bid after the bizarre speech mubarak had given
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Feb 13, 2011 10:00am EST
in the united states, president obama also sounded confident that the end was near. >> we are witnessing history unfold. it's a moment of transformation that is taking place because the people of egypt are calling for change. >> testifying on capitol hill. the cia director echoed news reports that mubarak would announce his resignation. >> i got the same information that you did. that there's a strong likelihood that mubarak may step down this evening. >> so late into the night, the crowd in tahrir square was already celebrates, moments before president mubarak made that speech to the nation. but afterwards, they were stunned. mubarak told them he would transfer constitutional powers to his hand-picked vice president, omar suleiman. but he did not say he was leaving yet. tahrir square answered him in a furious roar. no, leave, leave, they shouted. >> go out, go out! >> we are here until he goes! >> yet, again, the mood had changed. uncertainty reigned. >> it's not tomorrow morning early. it's to be announced that he is out and the country is clean from him. it's no one can imagine. and no one ca
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Feb 13, 2011 11:00pm EST
was released upon his own personal recognizance. a battle is brewing on capitol hill. tomorrow, president obama will send congress a session with several proposals. some republicans are positioning themselves for a fight. they say, if it does not go far enough, they may shut down the federal government. >> at least a handful of republicans are making headlines by raising the possibility of a government shutdown -- fails to agree to spending cuts. and taking to the sunday talk shows -- >> this is a very difficult budget. over one trillion dollars in domestic spending over the years. >> we have a very deep problem facing us. >> the white house budget director is selling a budget plan. that will be the focus of congress for months to come. >> republicans will say this is not enough. the president is cut -- is talking about cutting $1 trillion over several years. others want $4 trillion. >> they want to spend more on education, high-speed rail, and a new economy jobs. to pay for that, a pay freeze. they will cut potential tax increases. the white house claims that they will have a $400 billion savi
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Feb 2, 2011 4:30am EST
. >> thank you. 35 degrees outside. >> president obama calls for his egyptian counterpart to step aside. we will have the latest. >> first, more overnight outages. outages. have a live report our new neighbors are coming over for dinner. i've vacuumed my carpet but it's still so dingy. she needs resolve deep clean powder. it's fast and effective. resolve gets your carpet truly clean. the moist powder penetrates deep to release trapped in dirt left behind by vacuuming. leaving your carpet looking like new. and it dries in only 20 minutes. it looks great! the carpet that keeps up with the joneses. trust resolve. forget stains. for tough pet stains and odors resolve pet products get your carpet truly clean. >> welcome back. we are checking our top stories . the d.c. area's got a blow from the storm. some places were cold enough to see some pricice. heavy rain could lead to a standing water in some areas. that same storm is causing much bigger problems elsewhere. snow and ice have close airport of the way to rhode island. some places could get 2 feet of snow. several governors have declared sta
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Feb 6, 2011 11:35pm EST
, and i know some others are questioning how involved should the obama administration be at this point. >> that is a great question, and i think that is one that the white house has grappled with him and have kind of settled on an idea that they are siding with the egyptian people. they do not want to look like the backer of a president who is on the way out and who is essentially being overthrown by his own people, but egypt has been a very important ally to us for the past 30 years. military operations in iraq depend on our relationship with them. they want to make sure that they manage this properly. you have a lot of folks calling on obama to say, hey, get behind plan. make sure you are showing some leadership here. but obama and the white house are saying that this is something the egyptian people have to choose, and if they get involved, it would look like the u.s. is forcing the government on the egyptian people and that it is an american commander in chief, and i think obama is trying to take more of the diplomatic route here, saying, certainly, we believe in human rights and a
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Feb 8, 2011 5:00am EST
's to step down immediately. the obama administration says not so fast. if mubarak left office right now, it could've been as the transition to democracy. human rights watch says nearly 300 people died in the past two weeks of protests. a google executive detained by the egyptian government last month was released. he says he was behind a facebook posting that sparked the protests. >>> president obama will release his budget a week from today. >> it remains focused on creating jobs. emily schmidt has that story. good morning. >> good morning. president obama is telling the business community that he wants to see them hang out more help- wanted signs to the american workers, but critics say that is a tough sales spits in this economic and political climate. his visit to the chamber of commerce was the first since he took office. he spoke of some strong disagreements. he said american companies had $2 trillion sitting on their balance sheets and this is the time to invest. it's 30-minute speech drew only two rounds of applause. thomas speaker john boehner said in a statement after the spee
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Feb 24, 2011 5:00am EST
americans are stuck. it is unlikely they will be libya until tomorrow. president obama is speaking out against violence. the u.s. is looking at a number of options to respond. >> the courts in libya are conflicting. some show peaceful streets and other show brutal crackdown. >> they opened fire on us. we saw that with our own eyes. the government did not hear that we were foreigners. god forgive them for what they did to us. >> nearly 1000 people have died since violence erupted earlier this month. muammar gadaffi is reportedly hiding in tripoli in making grave threat. >> whoever cooperate with foreign countries, the punishment will be execution. >> hundred assistants -- president obama is speaking out against the violence. quite the bloodshed is outrageous and unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot these protesters. >> gadaffi is doweling vengeance on opponents. -- is still vowing to vengeance on opponents. abc 7 news. >>> thank you. hopes of finding more survivors after the powerful earthquake that hit new zealand are fading. the death toll now stands at 98. more than 200 p
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Feb 24, 2011 6:00am EST
in the port in libya. it's unlikely they will leave libya until tomorrow. this comes as president obama is speaking out against the violence. the u.s. is looking at a number of options to respond. reports from libya are conflicting. some images show a peaceful, quiet streets. others show brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters. >> they opened fire on us and we saw the death. the government did not care that we were foreigners. god forgive them for what they did to us. >> roughly 1000 people have died since violence erupted earlier this month. libyan leader muammar gaddafi is making a grave threats. >> tahlequah operates with fallen countries in order to instigated war against libya, their punishment will be execution. -- whoever cooperates with foreign countries in order to investigate war against libya, their punishment will be execution. >> maybe they could ask oil companies to stop operating in that country. oil prices are spiking already because of the unrest. courtney robinson, abc 7 news. >> thank you. >>> the death toll from the tuesday earthquake in new zealand is rising
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Feb 3, 2011 11:35pm EST
to his people, the world and president obama. >>> war zone. on a day when journalists themselves became the targets and abc news teams were threatened with beheadings, we bring you a special one-hour edition of "nightline," crisis in egypt, starting right now. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, this is "nightline," february 3rd, 2011. >> good evening, i'm terry moran. and we begin tonight's special with an extraordinary exclusive interview from inside egypt's presidential palace. there, president hosni mubarak, the strong man whose 30-year grip on power is loosening, waits and watches. outside those fortified walls, chaos. another day of bloody clashes. what is he thinking? and when will he step down? christiane amanpour brings us the first interview with hosni mubarak since t mubarak. christiane? >> reporter: terry, good evening. it has been the most extraordinary 24 hours. right now, we're broadcasting to you from inside our hotel room, rather than looking over the nile, looking over the protests as w
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Feb 6, 2011 9:00am EST
said they were pro- government thugs. >after talking with president mubarak this week, president obama said this. >> an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now. furthermore, the process must include a broad spectrum of egyptian and voices and opposition parties. it should lead to elections that are free and fair. >> free and fair elections -- what are the odds of that, charles? >> i think a rather good, as long as the army stays intact, and not drag into one side or the other, remains a guarantor of the state, and if it comes out of this. mubarak will be gone soon or later, but it could be the one institution that could midwife a transition period to elections, parliamentary and then presidential. >> mark? >> every survey of public opinion in the united states says that the one institution that is trusted and respected by americans is the military. they could be the savior of egypt as well. it is a whole, and i think the best hope -- democracy is unpredictable. we know that. monarchies are wonderfully predictable. that is why we don't know the
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Feb 15, 2011 6:00pm EST
. >>> if a clash over cash on capitol hill. president obama address the nation defending his budget decision. earlier, he was met with heavy criticism. we are live in the newsroom with more on the looming budget battle. >> maureen, we have heard the president under the phrase that we need to look at the budget carefully with a scalpel and not a machete. they think he is barely making any decision and needs to be much more aggressive. the president says he's taking away from programs that he cares deeply about. trying to reel in the national debt that looms so large if you stack it for $1 bills, you could reach the moon four times. the president says it is time to be responsible. >> we will not be running up the credit card anymore. that is important. it is hard to do. it is necessary to do. >> the goal is by the end of the decade to make sure did not spend more than we take in. that means despite the $3.70 trillion budget, some serious cuts. even some democrats are against like millions of from financial aid for colleges and helping the poor hate to pay for their heating bills. >> this is a
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Feb 20, 2011 9:00am EST
of the entitlements. obama is right to -- on the continuing resolution. but then when we resolve that issue -- and i think we will resolve it in some way -- then you have to buy nature get to entitlements. >> you can have a debate -- >> they know it. they are starting to acknowledge it. >> the president said the reblicans' cuts are too deep and it t threatens a a veto. >> let's use a scalpel. >> house speaker johnoehner says if the president t does not cut deeply, republicans will. >> for the last two years since the president has taken off as the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs. and if some of those jobs are lost in it, so be it. we are broke. >> so what? >> they are fighting over this 12%. it the whole game is elsewhere. but like the two political parties -- both the republicans and democrats, while the rest of the country is saying we have a problem with the dead but the two politil parties -- >> they are fighting about -- maybe they will get to it but they did not show -- >> they are writing about subsidies for poor people and heating in the northeast -- fighting about subs
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Feb 15, 2011 5:00am EST
for a battle over president obama's 2012 budget proposal. administration says the plan freezes government spending and cut the deficit over the next 10 years. republicans say it does not go far enough. the d.c. region was para from the most painful parts of the spending plan, but nothing is safe yet. >> brianne carter is looking at the impact here. >> good morning. president's proposed a budget for 2012 as good news for d.c. the budget continues funding for a program that allows d.c. students to pay in-state tuition at hundreds of universities across the country and maintain funding to city, public, and charter schools, reinforcing education as a priority of this administration. under the blueprint, the smithsonian institution would get a $100 million increase to build a black history museum. bikes salaries and facilities would that's a little of a slashing, which will cause changes. however, with the budget battle under way on capitol hill, it's not likely everything in the proposal will remain. the republican's proposed spending resolution could mean deep cuts in the district. the gop p
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Feb 17, 2011 5:00am EST
expires march 4. republicans want to cut $61 billion from the budget. president obama says that he will veto those cuts. if no agreement is reached shortly, the government could shut down for the first time since 1995. >>> metro funding is still a source of frustration for lawmakers fighting over money. that could mean a setback for passenger safety. >> brianne carter is live in arlington with the latest money crunch facing metro. >> good morning. another financial fight on capitol hill. this is all about a plan congress is working on to fund the government for fiscal year 2011. it does not currently include $150 million that metro was promised to improve safety. the republican bill currently does not include that. democrat gerry connolly has a measure that would restore that money back into its. that was killed tuesday night. metro says this money is absolutely vital to the agency's work to rebuild the 30- year-old system and restore reliable service. a number of passengers feel the money is long overdue, that metro is already underfunded. they believe this would make this a impro
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Feb 18, 2011 4:00am EST
teachers and nurses and firemen. >> reporter: president obama said yesterday that the wisconsin budget seems like an assault on unions. house speaker john boehner said the president shouldn't attack a governor for the budget problems. >>> a government ban on public gatherings in bahrain. protesters are defiant, saying they will bring down the monarchy. >> the white house is chastising the government's violent crackdown on protesters. and urging some restraint. >>> the obama administration is also reaching out to support democracy in egypt, redirecting funds once meant for hosni mubarak's government. >> marches are planned across that country today, to celebrate one week since the end of the mubarak regime. lama hasan joins us from cairo with more. good morning, lama. >> reporter: good morning. tens of thousands have massed in tahrir square, liberation square, for what they're calling a victory march, celebrating hosni mubarak stepping down exactly a week ago today. and the idea is also just to put pressure on the army. the army is now in control. and reminding the generals of their oth
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Feb 1, 2011 11:35pm EST
day of protest in egypt, president obama had a talk with president mubarak. president obama told the egyptian leader that an orderly transition cannot be prolonged. it must begin now. that was after mubarak announced he would not seek re-election. christiane amanpour is on the ground. >> reporter: very few people thought a week ago that president mubarak would offer these con sengss, professions to lift the state of emergency and reform the election law. but is it enough for the people? they can see the end in sight. it's very unclear whether they will let him finish his term. this was the scene on cairo's square after president mubarak announced after 30 years after one-man rule, he was ready to leave office. i never asked to be a dictator, he said, and i will not be dominating myself for a new term for i have served egypt long enough though, the crowd became defiant again when mubarak said he was going stay on for a few more months to ensure law and order, to reform the constitution and the election process. president obama had this to see. >> the people of egypt, the young peo
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Feb 4, 2011 6:00pm EST
. he was not arrested, but he is expected to turn himself in. in other news, president obama is renewing demands for political change in egypt. the president spoke about the crisis on this day of departure. >> it is called a day of departure because it is the day that egyptians wanted to say farewell to president mubarak. convince him to leave office. that did not happen today. president obama answered questions for the first time about the crisis. he has twice told mubarak that it is time to step down. all across egypt, no longer just cairo, calls for resignation. for the most part, a peaceful. many put down their roxanne locked arms instead. >> believe now, not tomorrow. if you really love this country. >> please leave this country. >> the white house is reportedly pushing options for a transition of power, but having little luck. president obama today offered this advice. >> the only thing that will work is moving an orderly transition process that begins right now. >> another concern is that the problem -- breaking point. basic necessities were running sen. -- thin. while
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Feb 7, 2011 6:00pm EST
>>> present -- president obama tried to mend fences with big business today. >> the president of the chamber has long been at odds, but he urges executives to put the past behind them to work with them in the future. >> this is one of those rare occasions where a president shows up to speak and get a chilly reception. business leaders are not pleased with the white house. today, president obama about to change that. >> the team now fighting to fix our economy walk into someone's enemy territory today, the chamber of commerce. >> i am going to make up for it. >> it was a skeptical and subdued crowd, clapping only twice. >> we will run the government a little bit more like you run your business. better technology and faster service. >> among other changes, the president vowed to ramp up spending on education and infrastructure. he also said he will reform the corporate tax code. it will take more to get these 200 leaders on his side. many are still fiercely opposed to his reforms to wall street and health care. >> the devil is in the details. >> mr. obama is working for an irs l
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Feb 9, 2011 4:30am EST
one year since first lady michelle obama kicked off the let's move anti obesity campaign. he will mark the anniversary with an appearance on "live! with regis and kelly at 9:00 on abc 7. she will talk about health and obesity during stops in jordan also later this afternoon. >>> the first lady and says that her husband has quit smoking. the president struggled with the tobacco addiction stretching back to his teenage years. mrs. obama says it has been almost a year since the president last smoked. she did not offer any more details about how he quit, but mr. obama has acknowledged chewing nicotine gum. >> good for him. >>> it is cold, 21 degrees. >>, a local museum tries to ban public breast-feeding and new mothers rally. public breast-feeding and new mothers rally. >>> wednesday morning, clear skies right now, calm wind overnight, dry air in place. perfect recipe for cold morning temperatures. first let's look at the satellite and looked at the clouds. you see the areas of? -- of gray? thicker clouds expected later today and a few snow flurries later this evening and into tomorrow mor
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Feb 9, 2011 12:00pm EST
, a winter glastonbury's the south. flurries are on the way. -- >>> first lady michelle obama is striking the importance of balance. mrs. obama congratulated parents and children along with sports teams, businesses, and religious groups who have supported her mission to change america's eating habits. >> i came to this issue as a mom. we are busy. it is easy to go through the drive through. is harder to cope. it is harder to sell around the table with the family and eating a meal. >> mrs. obama did admit that the white house menu consisted of bratwurst, burgers, wings, and pizza. but the next day, it was back to vegetables and exercise. >>> a suit filed tuesday on behalf of fans accuses the nfl of breach of contract and fraud. hundreds of fans who bought super bowl tickets ended up with no seat at that game. some cowboys season ticket holders were told -- holders said they had folding chairs. >>> we are on storm watch today as we are looking at a chance of light snow. but our neighbors to the west and the south are dealing with a winter block. a large schloss -- a large swath of a nation,
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Feb 12, 2011 6:00pm EST
this week and hope to find their choice to replace president obama. >> making barack obama a one- term president. >> texas congressman ron paul won the straw poll contest with 36% of the vote. the political action conference was more about picking a candidate. they want the republican party to act boldly restoring -- solving america's problems. >> we need to restore america's hope for the future. off attea party showed the congress come just as they did it on capitol hill on budget cuts, another sign that conservatives are increasingly getting what they want. >> this is a reaction from the country, and they said we want somebody in there to stop this. >> who will lead the gop effort next year to defeat president obama? sarah palin and mike huckabee skipped cpac this year. the republican has officially launch date 2012 campaign -- no republican has officially launched a 2012 campaign. >>> wait until you see the extended outlook, especially the end of the week. the wind has settled down, that is the good news. the wind has diminished greatly. the temperature outside at the airport, 41 de
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Feb 12, 2011 11:00pm EST
at the convention. they are hopeful that one of their own will replace president obama. >> make a barack obama a one- term president. >> sarah palin and mike huckabee. and no republicans have officially launched a 2012 campaign, several presidential contenders spoken during the three-day conference. >> we need to restore american optimism, and we need to restore american hope for the future. >> at the conference, their growing power following a victory on capitol hill this week, when the budget cuts triple. a sign that conservatives are increasingly getting what they want. >> what we got in this last election put us in this halftime. . it is a reaction from the country. they said we want something to put a stop to this. >> who president obama will unveil a budget on monday. his weekly address says that he will eliminate waste and make tough choices. >> my budget freezes annual domestic spending for the next five years. these are programs i care deeply about, that will reduce the deficit by $400 billion over the next decade. >> republicans say his plan does not go far enough, and they want much more
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Feb 15, 2011 4:30am EST
well under president obama's 2012 but budget. dc would receive $149 million, under the plan. metro would receive $150 million for upgrades. but republicans want to cut money for d.c. and metro. coming up, more on what the budget means for the d.c. area and the rest of the nation. >>> nays are 144, the bill is passed. >> the house passed a bill to extend provisions of the patriot act another 10 months. allow the government to use roving wiretaps and access records relative to but terrorism investigation. that legislation now moves to the senate. >>> egyptian military leaders want to end the disruptive protests in the wake of the revolution. but the spirit of that revolution is spreading. protesters took to the streets in iran, bahrain, yemen, and algeria. police have mobilized to quell those demonstrations. >>> google tries to keep up with computer hackers. fedex shares may take a hit in today's trading. >> linda bell joins us from new york with details on this. >> good morning. as the washington area is thawing out from the winter freeze, those affected are fedex and others. if the
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Feb 27, 2011 9:00am EST
negotiating over and finding a solution to. >> unions spent in support of president obama and democratic candidates and to designate. -- in 2008. on the flip side of that, we have the koch brothers in wisconsin who contributed to gov. walker's campaign and our contribute into americans for prosperity, organizing demonstrations in support of the governor. >> unions do have influence. corporate america has even more and even more money, if you look at what they have spent in the st election. they will keep spending it now, will outspend unions, i don't know -- >> is this the beginning of the end for unions? >> here's the rub. yes, this is ground zero for unions. the median hourly wage for the american male fell by 2%. all the concentration was at the top 1%, 56% of all the economic growth in the top 1%. the bottom 90% got 16%. that is why the tension exists right now. people in wisconsin have had their own lives decimated and threaten and have bought into the specious argument that the enemy isis not the economic sysm rigged against them. >> here is what the democrats have to do. they have
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Feb 2, 2011 4:00am EST
pretty quiet on the highway. >> thank you. 35 degrees outside. >> president obama calls for his egyptian counterpart to step aside. we will have the very latest on the crisis in cairo. >> first the epic storm of barry's the midwest. >> good morning. we are checking our top stories ry. warm temperatures meant that we only sell grain. heavy rain could lead to a standing water. that same storm is causing big problems elsewhere. airports are closed from texas to rhode island. some places could free up to 2 feet of snow. some governors have declared a state of emergency. >> and little rain but nothing compared to winter's raft across the country. it is a 2,000 miles storm. it goes from texas to rhode island. >> it had downed air travel across the nation. morning. >> good morning. this is having an impact on air travel here. chicago, boston, in new york, and houston. this is packing a paralyzing punched across much of the country. they are trying to figure out when they get their way out. we have seen spin out in many of the roads. the wind out there has been evident as well. the roof has been
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Feb 22, 2011 6:00pm EST
the white house should reconsider imposing those sanctions that were lifted by president bush. the obama administration has been very careful not to criticize him personally or demand that he step down. >> the crisis in libya is being closely watched here in washington. protesters were outside the white house. they want the white house to exert more pressure on gaddafi. >>> the market's tumble today. libya is one of the world's largest oil producers. earlier today, oil was trading at a two-year high. that sent stocks spiraling. the dow jones industrial average fell 178 points. that is the largest one-day drop for the dow this year. we will continue to monitor the latest developments in at libya. >>> the american rescue team is on its way to new zealand to help search for survivors after two -- after an earthquake. more than 300 people are missing. the earthquake destroyed several tall buildings in christ the church, is a lunch break this is the -- christchurch, new zealand. >>> four americans were killed by somali pirates. according to the navy, they heard gunfire and after in a sealed b
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Feb 4, 2011 5:00am EST
clashes. we could hear more from president obama to enter questions from reporters in relation to egypt today. officials are wrapping up for the immediate resignation of hosni mubarak. he told abc that he would not step down or leave egypt. many expect protest to grow in size and intensity ted. they are calling this the friday of departure. there are concerns about the safety of americans. they will continue to schedule flights out of egypt. one of the solutions the obama administration is proposing, mubarak handing power over to e egypt's vice president. they have determined mubarak stepping down is the fastest way to a peaceful resolution. we will continue watching the streets and bringing you the latest. >> thank you. >>> we look at the day ahead. the january jobs report comes out in a few hours. it is expected to show 146,000 new jobs were created last month. unemployment is expected to rise to 9.5%. this is in date for s not mark kelly. the husband -- this is a decision day for astronaut mark kelly appeared he is expected to announce he will fly into space this spring. endeavor wil
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Feb 7, 2011 6:00am EST
situation for egypt. we are hearing now from president obama. he says the egyptian people should decide the process of transition. >> they want freedom and fair and free elections, they want a representative government and responsive government. you have to transition now. mubarak has decided that he's not running for reelection. his term is up this year. >> the president says egypt will not be the country that it once was. thousands are still gathered in the main square in cairo this morning demanding mubarak's immediate resignation. courtney robinson reporting. back to you. >> thank you. >>> president obama spoke about the crisis in egypt during a pre-super bowl interview with bill o'reilly. mr. obama says that he cannot force the tipton president to step down immediately, but he says that he is confident the to to people will establish a representative government that the u.s. can work with. >>> the lombardi trophy is returning to the title town. the green bay packers took on the pittsburgh steelers in super bowl xlv last night. aaron rogers led his team to its first super bowl win i
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Feb 8, 2011 6:00am EST
, but the obama administration says if he left office right now, it could jeopardize the transition to democracy. human rights watch says nearly 300 people died so far in the protests and a google manager detained by additional parties last month was released. he says he was behind a facebook pace that helped spark protests. >>> president obama will release his budget one week from today. >> the white house says the president remains focused on the concern of voters and that is creating jobs. emily schmidt joins us live from north west washington with more. good morning. >> good morning. president obama is telling members of the business community he wants to see them hang out more help wanted signs to help the american workers. critics say that is one tough sell in this political and economic environment. the president spoke to the u.s. chamber of commerce yesterday, his first visit there since he took office. he said that there is strong disagreement, but american companies have a $2 trillion amount sitting on their balance sheet and that's why this is the time to invest. two * of applause dur
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Feb 11, 2011 4:00am EST
out. go out. >> reporter: president obama issued a written statement saying, we urge the egyptian government to move swiftly to explain the changes. and to spell out in clear and unambiguous language the step-by-step process that will lead to democracy. and that white house statement did not mention president mubarak by name. it continued, though, saying the egyptian people made it clear there's no going back to the way things were. vinita and rob? >> emily schmidt in washington this morning. thank you. >>> after yesterday's developments what is happening on the ground right now? aaron katersky joins us live from cairo. aaron, what are you seeing? >> reporter: good morning. we're on the road to the part of cairo where the presidential palace is located. where president mubarak has been under heavy guard with members of his family, where they heard the speech that enraged people here. on the way, we're seeing empty streets. people are praying at friday prayers. but there's been calls for 21 egyptians to come to the streets. and we're waiting to see how the army responds to the prot
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Feb 15, 2011 6:00am EST
. >>> capitol hill is getting ready for battle over president obama's 2012 budget proposal. in administration says that the plan freezes government spending and cuts the deficit over the next 10 years. but republicans say it does not go far enough. >>> the d.c. region was apparent from the most painful parts of the spending plan, but nothing is safe just yet. >> brianne carter has a closer look at the impact before us. >> good morning. you have already seen some back- and-forth about the budget. the president's proposal is said to have some good news in it for d.c. the proposal would include keeping the program that allows d.c. students to remain in state and have in-state tuition at a number of universities across the country. it also maintains funding for city, public, and charter schools. that reinforces education as a priority of this administration. that's what we heard yesterday from the president. the smithsonian institution would get a $100 million increase to build a new museum. the smithsonian budget for salaries and for facilities would see a little bit of a cut. we have seen the b
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Feb 16, 2011 4:00am EST
to the navy's 5th fleet. >>> president obama and congressional republicans are lining up for a collision over spending. with a government shutdown looming in just over two weeks now. in the house yesterday, republicans advanced a $61 billion spending plan that would finance the government through september. president obama, though, threatened to veto, just hours after calling for some budgetary cooperation. >> this is a matter of everybody having a serious conversation about where we want to go. and then, ultimately, getting in that boat at the same time, so it doesn't tip over. >> i've been inviting the president to have that conversation since we took office two years ago. >> work on that bill moving through the house should be done by friday. but its future is anything but certain in the democratically-controlled senate. >>> your household budget could be facing cutbacks, too. prices for everything from sugar to shoes could be on the rise. and the reasons begin thousands of miles away. emily schmidt is now joining us from washington with more details. good morning, emily. >> reporter: vini
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Feb 18, 2011 5:00pm EST
employers should go to accommodate breast-feeding mothers. >> the first lady michelle obama and cumbersome and michelle bachman, both moms and both with very clear opinions about how far is too far. breastfeeding itself really is not controversial. >> i think it is the best thing you can do for your baby. >> scientific evidence shows that breastfed babies are healthier. >> before hand, i did not give that much thought about it. >> here is were agreeable moms part ways. michelle obama is campaigning to get mothers to breast feed. the irs is helping. congresswoman michele bock and it took up the topic on talk radio this week. >> this is very consistent with where the hard left is coming from. for them, the government is the answer to every problem. to think that the government has to go out and buy my breast pump. >> some say breast pumps as a deduction should not be a priority. >> as a homeowner, i would like to see more focus on that. >> michelle obama is focusing on lower income african-american communities with 40% of the babies never breast fed. >> it would be nice to have more advocacy
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Feb 23, 2011 6:30pm EST
,000 libyans are dead, and president obama today emerged to call the bloodshed in libya outrageous and unacceptable. and now, martha raddatz tells us more about gadhafi and his riches and his children, who seem to have their father's extravagant ways. >> reporter: but it seems his own family has been out of control for decades. the hard partying, hard drinking and lavish spending of this famously track shus family has, according to u.s. diplomats on wikileaks, provided enough dirt for a libyan soap opera. take eldest son saif, who vowed days ago, his family would fight to the last bullet. he reportedly bought this $16 million mansion in london and two years ago, at a party on st. parts, paid mariah carey $1 million to sing a few songs. not to be outdone, brother mutassin, seen here with secretary of state clinton, returned to st. barlts last year and paid more than a million dollars to beyonce. all eight of gadhafi's children are believed to have benefited from billions of dollars of libya's oil profits. all of this, while libyans themselves, one-third, are living below the poverty
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Feb 11, 2011 6:00am EST
than ever as this uprising enters its 18th day. meanwhile, president obama is questioning whether mobile's transfer to power -- whether statement on the transfer to power is sincere. abc 7 news reporting. >>> back in this country, some of the people who may take on president obama next year will speak with conservative activists today. republican congressional leaders and will estate mogul donald trump spoke on the first day of that conference. he said that he may make a white house bid in 2012. >>> arizona republican john kyle says that he will retire when his term ends in 2012. this came a day after virginia democrat jim webb announced he would not seek reelection next year. five senators announced plans to leave office when their terms are finished. >>> metro board members are considering cutting late-night service on weekends to save money. the trains currently run until 3:00 a.m. on friday and saturday nights. metro is considering shutting down service at midnight on those nights. that would help close the $72 million budget gap. the proposal is just in the early stages. >>>
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Feb 2, 2011 2:35am EST
of the demands of protesters. this was the demand of president obama's envoy frank wisner. the protesters rejected it whole-heartily saying we want to see you go now. it did not live up to their expectations. one of the protesters that i spoke with said he's been lying for 30 years, why should we believe him now? another one said, he'll use these next seven months to round people up who have been protesting against him over these last few days. >> alex, as we look at these images from cairo, we can see so many people, a million are some of the estimates, on the streets, protesting loudly, holding up signs. what can we expect today, though, now that this announcement has been made that he is stepping down? >> reporter: well, if it was an effort to placate the crowds, it has not done that. i'm looking at live pictures, again, of thousands of people on the square. it's a beautiful day in cairo. a beautiful day for protesting. i can tell given the fury i saw last night and over the last week since i arrived, i don't think these protests are going to end any time soon. >> alex marquardt in cai
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Feb 8, 2011 4:00am EST
there are hundreds of others willing to carry out future attacks. >>> in other news now, president obama is challenging the nation's businesses to get in the game, by hiring more workers. it's part of the white house strategy to improve relations with the nation's business community. emily schmidt has details about the president's first speech to the chamber of commerce. >> reporter: the president wants businesses to hang out more help wanted signs to get more workers. with the markets up and unemployment down, president obama says it's time for u.s. businesses to invest in america. >> american companies have nearly $2 trillion sitting on their balance sheets. >> reporter: his audience has often been his frequent critics, the u.s. chamber of commerce. >> if there's a reason that you don't share my confidence, if there's a reason you don't believe this is the time to get off the sidelines, to hire and to invest, i want to know about it. i want to fix it. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner said in a statement after the speech, president obama has changed his rhetoric. but not his poli
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Feb 10, 2011 6:30pm EST
president obama, that he seemed to be expecting big news from president mubarak this morning. so, was this the news he expected? was he surprised? and what about mubarak's insi insistence that pressure from foreign powers is not going to move him? let's get the white house reaction from jake tapper. what about all of this? >> reporter: good evening, diane. i have to say, the chaos and confusion that so permeated throughout egypt made its way to the white house today. you're right, president obama seemed jubilant when he made remarks earlier today, talking about how we were witnessing history. though, he did not want to get ahead of what president mubarak was going to announce. and later came the news that president mubarak was not taking president obama's advice and including opposition leaders and not taking other concrete measures, lifting the emergency law immediately, as president obama asked him to do. though the white house right now is poring over mubarak and vice president suleiman's statements, trying to figure out what went on tonight, there is no concrete reaction. the
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Feb 17, 2011 6:00am EST
obama says he will veto the cuts. the government could shut down for the first time since 1995. >>> metro funding is a source of frustration for lawmakers fighting over money. metro says that could mean a setback for passenger safety. >> brianne carter is live at the metro station with the latest money crunch. >> good morning. this plan would continue to fund the government through september. that's for the fiscal year 2011. it is already setting up a financial fight. included in this or not included in this is the $150 million for metro that will help continue with safety and infrastructure upgrades. metro was promised this as part of a 2008 bill that was passed. gerry connolly has said that he has put forth an amendment that would continue to put the money back in, but that was killed earlier this week by republicans. metro says in a statement that this money is absolutely vital to the agency's work to rebuild the 30-year-old system and restore reliable service to customers. metro passengers agree with that, saying they already agree metro is underfunded. this debate will cer
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Feb 25, 2011 6:00am EST
and others are ready to release emergency stockpiles. president obama says the u.s. will be able to ride out the situation. the violence escalates in libya. thousands of farmers are trying to flee, but the weather is making that difficult. americans try to leave by boat are stuck because of high seas. the-plans to send a charter plane to a tripoli today. anti-government protesters are ramping up demonstrations and moving closer to the capital. still no signs moammar gaddafi will step down voluntarily. u.n. security council will meet today to decide what actions to take against the government there for the violent crackdown on protesters. pamela brown reporting, abc 7 news. >>> rescuers are still picking through the ruins of damaged or collapsed buildings in christchurch, new zealand. they are searching for more than 200 people missing since tuesday's devastating earthquake. relatives are waiting for word on their loved ones fade. officials said the death toll stands at 113. >>> virginia is set to enact one of the toughest anti-abortion laws in the country. the general assembly has passed a b
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Feb 28, 2011 6:00am EST
-down. it was eventually on its way back to the u.s. the victims have not been identified gatt. >>> the obama administration is offering to help libyans trying to oust their longtime leader moammar gaddafi. protesters now control city close to the capital appeared there are reports of food shortages in tripoli. if this comes as a moammar gaddafi and's sons say that their father will fight to glass. that standoff in libya, is hitting driver is in the wallets in the u.s. gas prices jumped 13 cents last week. oil reached nearly $100 a barrel on fears the unrest could spread to other oil-producing countries. the national average for regular is $3.35 a gallon. in the d.c. area, and $3.33 a gallon. >>> 47 degrees outside. >> still to come, a government shutdown showdown. congress is back and the clock is ticking. we will have a live report. >> the countdown to the ballroom unchallenge -- challenge. welcome to the animal welfare league of arlington where there is a pet waiting for everyone. >> good morning, washington. >>> monday morning, adam caskey with your forecast. temperatures are in low 40's,
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Feb 1, 2011 11:00pm EST
.m. >>> to the top story of the day, new developments in the crisis in egypt. president obama response to the decision by egypt and president hosni mubarak not to seek reelection. cynee since it is outside the egyptian embassy. >> the announcement was met with mixed reaction here at the egyptian embassy. many felt it was a step of the right direction, but they want to see mubarak step down for good. champagne, waving egyptian flags, and bearing signs, hundreds gathered here in northwest tonight. >> it is as if -- >> most of the arab leaders, they have to go. >> with candles lit, tears were shed for the reported 300 egyptians who have died in this week of unrest. the amount we want real freedom. >> in cairo, it was the largest demonstration in history. the president said he would not seek reelection after 30 years in power. president obama said he spoke to mubarak after the historic speech. >> he recognizes that the status quo is not the same, and that a change must take place. >> obama suggests a peaceful transition begins immediately. >> he is not leaving for six months until the elec
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Feb 5, 2011 11:00pm EST
. plus, a teenager found, a missing virginia girl located. and who the obamas are hosting for super bowl sunday. abc 7 news starts now. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >>> good evening. i am pamela brown. a new law went into effect in d.c., aim to crack down on noise. it quietly went into effect last week and some are preparing to fight the measure, saying that it unfairly targets them. john gonzalez has the latest. >> saturday night in georgetown, it is not unusual to find house parties, and loud music. going to jail for 90 days for loud music is the law, but some argue, how you define too noisy? spend time in d.c. and you will hear lots of different sounds. but at what point does become disruptive? this is the first weekend since the noise ordinance law was beefed up. >> they would harass us. at that he admits that they throw loud parties from time to time. >> we get harassed. >> the law states that making loud noise between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. is now an offense prison.le by 90 jaydays in >> the parties often go on past your children's bad time. >
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Feb 8, 2011 2:35am EST
obama has been petitioning restaurants to change their children's menu. an average 8-year-old should consume 120 0 a day. applebee's mini cheese bergers, 720 calories. kid sized fries and milk, a day's calories in a single meal. >> junk food with pepperoni pizzas, cheese everywhere, soda pop in huge cups. that's the way to raise an obese generation of kids. and we're doing a pretty good job of it. >> reporter: sharyn alfonsi, abc news, new york. >> this comes on the heels of a few days ago a doctor saying we feed kids too many rice cereal, that's a bad carbohydrate leading to obesity. lots of advice out there for what not to feed the kids. >> they did poll mothers. they asked mothers what their babies were eating. a lot of time you think this research doesn't correspond with real kids. this was done with real kids. >> absolutely. this is the one year anniversary of when michelle obama launched her anti-obesity initiative. >>> how mary-kate and ashley olsen's younger sister is stepping out of their shadow. they just don't know it's theirs. if you made less than $48,000 in 2010, see if
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Feb 15, 2011 2:35am EST
, a third of president obama. and when the therapist picked up one of the cards, gabby giffords said, george bush. doctors told us it's a sign not only of speech recovery but also of cognitive recovery. >> cognitive recovery and speech recovery are two separate processes. someone may be able to speak, but the inability to think clearly may become more evident because now the person is speaking, but the person may not make sense. >> reporter: but in gabby giffords' case, she is making sense, a few words at a time. even speaking to her brother-in-law in space telling him, hi, i'm good. and her office said the congresswoman continues to be briefed just as she'd always been. all last week on egypt. convinced that while she can't speak in full sentences, she can understand what's being said. and her mother is he can stamic. "the new york times" reporting in an e-mail sent by giffords' mother about gabby winning a game of tic-tac-toe against one of the nurses adding that she's gone from being kind of a limp noodle to someone that is alert and sits up straight with good postures. music, the newest
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